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Potential Role of Libraries in post-conflict societies
 

Potential Role of Libraries in post-conflict societies

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Libraries have a potential of transforming post-conflict societies to a better future and can take communities away from conflict into creative space where dialogue can be exercised. Libraries can ...

Libraries have a potential of transforming post-conflict societies to a better future and can take communities away from conflict into creative space where dialogue can be exercised. Libraries can also lead an effort of educating informally ex-combatants and local communities in information literacy that will eventually give them additional skills they can use to obtain employment and economic prosperity. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the examples where that possibility was missed. In Afghanistan where illiteracy is high and conflict lasts constantly for more than 20 years libraries could be spaces where local communities and everyone else will gain new knowledge and skills that will drive them away from the conflict. This isn't an easy task and it requires a lot of planning. I would like to discuss different advantages but also possible obstacles potential librarians could face in post-conflict environment based on some of my experiences and some theories that have emerged from them.

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    Potential Role of Libraries in post-conflict societies Potential Role of Libraries in post-conflict societies Presentation Transcript

    • Experience from Bosnia and Herzegovina Feđa Kulenović @kulinba www.psotc.org
    • WAR Miscommunication Disinformation Destruction No Conversation Loss of Trust
    • WAR Post conflict Lost in Transition
    • The Atlas of New Librarianship http://www.newlibrarianship.org The MISSION of LIBRARIANS is to IMPROVE SOCIETY through FACILITATING KNOWLEDGE CREATION in their COMMUNITIES
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      • transform post-conflict societies
      • creative space
      • dialogue possible
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      • Show the users I can help them
      • Create space for dialogue
      • Knowledge creation
      • Information
      • Create library wherever you are
      • Listen out for your user’s needs
      • Be a librarian in a café, street, at a party…
      • Be an EBMBEDED LIBRARIAN
      • Beyond the walls
      • For improving information needs of everyone
      • Or certain groups
      • www.citanje.org
      • (citanje=reading)
      • Web platform
      • Blind and visually impaired
      • Audio recordings of textbooks and…
      • Everything else
      • TO IMPROVE INFORMATION ACCESS
      • Promotion at universities in BiH
      • Involving university schools in creating spaces for reading
      • Adapting for the blind and VIP
      • practical implementation of articles related to education and FOI of the UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities;
      • Proposal: government to implement better support for access to information of blind and VIP;
      • pilot short films about young blind and VIP
      • Mobile Training Team of Blind and VIP IT experts
      • Improve information literacy
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